Wordpress Campaign Manager - the ultimate affiliate link management plugin
Around November last year I dedicated a reasonable amount of time to build a Wordpress plugin to make managing affiliate links and campaigns very easy.
Unfortunately someone else released their almost identical plugin 2 weeks before I was ready, so I've sat on it for all this time. Now, I've released it.
What it does
Wordpress Campaign Manager allows you to replace any keyword or keyphrase in your blogs content with an incentivised link. So I can take the word "hosting" and replace every instance of that word with a link to a hosting affiliate scheme. From one administration panel I can manage site-wide campaigns on every post ever written.
Affiliate Link Masking
Another crucial feature is the ability to cloak affiliate links, so www.alongunfriendlyurl.com?affiliate_id=123456789 can become www.yourwebsite.com/go.php?l=kitten. This means you can assign a friendly alias (kitten in that example) which will then redirect the user to the affiliate campaign, but the link they saw in their browser was on yourdomain.com. All the big affiliate money-makers do this and it's an important factor in making money online.
As a bonus, Wordpress Campaign Manager will also tell you how many times your masked links have been clicked.
It won't mess with your other campaigns
Wordpress Campaign Manager has been created so that it won't hijack links or break your content, instead it only uses instances of your keyword (e.g. hosting) that aren't being used in titles, forms, images or other links. Therefore it does no harm to your pre-existing affiliate campaigns but allows you to leverage unused keywords.
All of the competing products retail for $97 which I think is too much for what they do. Wordpress Campaign Manager retails for only $40, not because it's worth less than the competitors (in fact, it does more!) but because I think $40 is a more realistic price for a Wordpress plugin.
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